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Welcome to the Village of Fonda.  We hope you find this site to be a great source of information.  Check back often as new items will be added on a regular basis.

 

Contacts:

Office: 518-853-4335   

DPW: 518-857-7660 

NYS Building Codes Officer: 518-848-0571

 

Additional contact information is posted at the bottom of each page as well.


Officials:
Trustee - Lynn E Dumar
Trustee - Walter Boyd
Department Pages:

Public Meetings:
Upcoming Meetings: October 26, 2017 - Special Meeting with the Village of Fultonville
October 26, 2017

There will be a joint meeting between the Villages of Fonda and Fultonville to discuss the Fonda-Fultonville

Joint Waste Water Treatment Plant and shared services between the two villages.

Quotes for auditing services for the waste water treatment plant will also be discussed.


Take a Ride Through History....Sunday, October 29th, Noon to 2 PM.

Take a Ride Through History....Sunday, October 29th, Noon to 2 PM.

 

Please join our Village Historian, Beverly Guiffre and the Board of Trustees for a ride through history.....We will begin a tour of the Village at the Village Park where we will climb aboard our wagon/trolley.  From here the Historian will take us through the illage wherein she will discuss the historical relevance of different locations as well as answer questions you may have.  If the weather is cool, you are welcome to bring a lap blanket for the open air ride.  We will also have some arm treats for the tour.........Remember, directly after this we will have the children's Hallowe'en Parade and Trunk or Treat!


News:
Village Wide Assessment of Water Main Leak Detection
September 27, 2017

From August 31-September 1, NY Leak Detection Inc. performed a full assessment of the Village of Fonda's water delivery infrastructure, consisting of nearly 4 miles of piping, 50-60 hydrants and over 300 service lines.

Notes/Testing Results: Utilizing the S-30 Surveyor scanned all hydrants, necessary valves, and service lines for leak signal within the system which contains approximately 4 miles. Digital correlations combined with surface acoustic testing performed where leak signal detected for leak locations. Recommend cleansing of various valves throughout system as they are packed with dirt and water despite having the foam guards placed within. Please see reports below for additional information.

 

The survey results revealed only 2 possible leakage areas; the first location was at the intersection of S Broadway and Park Street hydrant.  A quick turn of the valve and the leak was suppressed. 

 

The second area to be investigated was a suspected leak at the intersection of Upper Prospect and Cemetery Street.

 

Acoustic testing of water valves, services, and hydrants in the area as well as surface acoustic testing generated no definitive leak signals. Correlations between various contact points produced no distinct leak location. Recommend drilling test holes in the pavement above the water main to accomplish listening and correlations directly on the main to further pinpoint leak

 

On Saturday, September 23rd, the Village crew spent several hours trying to locate the suspected leak.  They have concluded the water is surfaced-based and not coming from any leaking pipes.  They will address the situation by diverting the liquid into the east-side drainage ditch as time allows. 

 

The full report can be viewed on the "Department . Water" page, menu on the left.


NOTICE: Fall Village Wide Clean-up days


Village Cleanup Trash Piles 

 

Fall Clean-Up

The Village FALL Clean-Up/Drop Off for Village Residents ONLY will be at held the Town of Mohawk Annex Recycling Area located on S. Broadway on Saturday, October 21  and Saturday October 28,  from 7 AM to Noon.

Information for Drop Off:

·         Proof of residency is required.        One Load Per Household will be accepted  (No larger than a small pickup truck load);

·         NO Hazardous Waste will be accepted;      Regular Household Garbage is NOT accepted

       Electronics WILL be accepted

·        Construction Debris is NOT accepted – this will require disposal via private waste removal contractor or at the Montgomery County Transfer Stations in Randall or Amsterdam;

·        Disposal Fee will Apply for any Tires collected.

 Large items, limited to 1/2 truck load, one time only, Monday thru Friday, October 23 through 27th, can be scheduled for pick up by calling the Village Office to schedule a day/time.

 

 

Leaf collection

Leaf collection will continue until November 20th, subject to change per weather conditions. Loose leaves may be deposited curbside by 7a.m.  Collection will be performed by use of the vacuum truck where possible.  In areas where this is NOT PRACTICLE, we would appreciate it if you used large garbage cans, cardboard boxes or any other suitable container, as this will save you the cost of purchasing lawn and leaf bags and help the environment as well. Help the Village out and make sure the drains and inlets in the roadway by your home are clear of leaves and debris, so that storm water can drain after rain events. If necessary, contact the Public Works Department to send out a crew.  Direct your questions to Street and Water Commissioner Weaver @ 518-857-7660.  According to NYS DEC burning of leaves is banned in all of New York State. For more information: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical


Water-Sewer bills to be mailed....

Water-Sewer bills are scheduled to be mailed on or about October 1, 2017.  Payments will be accepted Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Village Office. 8 E. Main Street or by mail to PO Box 447. Fonda, New York 12068.  If you have not received your bill by October 7th, please call the office (518.853.4335) to request a replacement copy.  The Fall 2017 Edition of the Village Newsletter, included in the utility billing, will also be available to view via the menu at left: "Newsletters", posted upon completion.


A property owner who has failed to receive his/her water bill in a timely manner is still responsible for the timely payment of water/sewer rents and any late penalty. An owner of real property has an obligation to be aware of the existence of water meter on his premises and take appropriate action to see that the meter bills are rendered and paid. An implied contract arises between the property owner and the municipality for use of water during the period for which he was not billed and the owner is liable for the unpaid water/sewer rents plus any late penalties. The meters shall remain the property of the Village of Fonda. Any damage to a meter sustained by reasons of carelessness by the owner, or his/her tenants of the premises shall be replaced by the Village of Fonda at the property owner's expense.

 

According to Local Law 1-1976, Providing for the institution, administration and collection of sewer rents in the Village of Fonda, Montgomery County, New York, Section 5 f reads; "The minimum charge for sewer rentals established by this chapter shall be charged even if the property is unoccupied and no consumption of water is shown on the water meter, or if no sewage is discharged into the sewer system."

 

   

Effective April 9, 2012:  Charges to unmetered properties will be assessed a flat rate fee of $500.00 biannually or upon each billing cycle, beginning with the bill date October 2012.  Non-compliance shall mean the property owner has not contacted DPW within 30 days to make appointment for access or the property owner has not allowed unfettered access to the property by DPW for work needed.  In all cases, access and completion of work must be completed with 90 days of notice.  Removal of awnings or panels, or other requirements needed to access the water line will be at the expense of the property owner.  Meters for mobile homes must be installed in a climate-protected area for prevention of freezing, at property owner’s expense.

 

October 15, 2013: Resolution #14-2013 states " A written request for a billing review must be made within 30 days from the date the bill is rendered, stating the reason for the review.  Complaints for bills more than 30 days from the billing date will not be reviewed.  

 

Local Law #2-2014 Providing for  the Institution, Administration and Collection of Sewer Rents in the Village of Fonda, New York adopted March 2014:

Section 6 A charge of thirty dollars ($30.00)  will be made whenever any water service is disconnected or reconnected because of non payment of sewer rent or other charges relating to the use of the sewer system

 

October 2014: Motion: Upon notification from the Village of Fonda Officials of the need to investigate and correct any and all problems with obtaining a remote water meter reading, and failure to complete such repairs within 120 days of notice, a fee of $100.00 per billing period will be added to each account and at each billing period until the problem is satisfactorably resolved. Fees to be reviewed annually for possible amending.

 

April 2016: Temporary and Seasonal shut off/Turn on fee established; Fees to be reviewed annually for possible amending.

 

January 2017: Established new rate schedule for water and sewer use billing; added a Repair and Replace Infrastructure Surcharge, effective October 1 2017 bill date; to be reviewed annually

 

 

Notice: Updated method for calculating water-sewer rents
April 2017  To: Village of Fonda Water Customers:

On January 9, 2017 the Village Board passed Resolution # 2-2017 that simplifies the manner in which water and sewer rates are charged.  Software updates are required to be completed by an outside agency. 

This memo is to make you aware of the pending changes and will be effective on bills dated October 1, 2017, that covers the 6 month period April 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017.

 

Current method of calculating water-sewer charges: established February 8, 1922,  provides for 7 different consumption levels, cumulatively figured at each tier;  amended to add filtration surcharge in 1988, and few rate increases as required.  Sewer rate is based upon water consumption only, (without the filtration surcharge), times a multiplier factor.  We have since simplified the rate structure by eliminating the filtration charge.

 

Since the initial adoption of this rate structure 95 years ago, the Village has seen it’s population and business district decrease by 50%; generally, times have changed, including the construction of the water filtration plant. 

As such we have determined a total rate overhaul was needed; below you will find our results.

*Amended at Public Hearing on FY2017-18 Village Budget, held May 1, 2017

 

Effective bill date: October 1, 2017                     All rates are cumulative

Outside Village Water/Sewer Customers rates remain at 2 times the “inside village rates”

Consumption, per 6 months, per unit

Inside Village

Water Rate

(no more filtration surcharge)

(New, added May 1 Public Hearing)

Repair & Replace Infrastructure Water Fee

per account

 

Total Water Rent: minimum per unit

Inside Village:

Sewer Rate Multiplier=

(Water Rate *2.75)

(New, added May 1 Public Hearing)

Operation/

Maintenance Sewer Fee

per account

Total Sewer Rent

Inside Village

Total Water + Sewer

Minimum use: <20,000

$2.72 per k;

$54.40

Minimum per unit

$30.00

$84.40

$149.60 Minimum

$10.00

$159.60

$244.00=$40.66/month

20,001-70,000

$2.61 per k;

($54.40-$184.90)

$30.00

$84.40-$214.90

$149.60-508.48

$10.00

$159.60-518.48

$244.00-733.38=

$40.66-122.23/month

>70,001+

$2.32 per k; $184.90+

$30.00

$214.90+

$508.48+

$10.00

$518.48+

733.38+=$122.23+/month

 

 


2017 Montgomery County Rabies Clinics Schedule

2017 MONTGOMERY COUNTY RABIES CLINIC SCHEDULE

 

     

Saturday, November 4

Mohawk Town Barn, 2-4 Park Street, Fonda

9:00 am - Noon

 

Initial vaccination for dogs, cats & ferrets are due at 3 months of age, revaccination 1 year later, thereafter revaccination required every 3 years.
Veterinarian administration fee is $10.00 per vaccination.
PUBLIC HEALTH LAW REQUIRES DOGS, CATS AND FERRETS BE VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES
Pets not vaccinated in a timely manner may not be protected from rabies.
Pet owners revaccinating animals should bring the pet's last rabies vaccination certificate.
For more information on rabies call 853-3531 or your veterinarian.

* Vaccination is available free-of-charge to Montgomery Co. residents, but donations will be accepted to help defray program costs. Requested donation is $10.00.


Seasonal Reminder-Who needs a building permit???

Building Permits Required: Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b) of this section, a Building Permit shall be required for any work which must conform to the Uniform Code and/or the Energy Code, including, but not limited to, the construction, enlargement, alteration, improvement, removal, relocation or demolition of any building or structure or any portion thereof, and the installation of a solid fuel burning heating appliance, chimney or flue in any dwelling unit. No Person shall commence any work for which a Building Permit is required without first having obtained a Building Permit from

the Code Enforcement Officer.

           

            (b) Exemptions. No Building Permit shall be required for work in any of the following categories:

                        (1) construction or installation of one story detached structures associated with one- or two-family dwellings or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) which are used for tool and storage sheds, playhouses or similar uses, provided the gross floor area does not exceed 144 square feet (13.88 square meters);

                        (2) installation of swings and other playground equipment associated with a one- or two-family dwelling or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses);

                        (3) installation of swimming pools associated with a one- or two-family dwelling or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) where such pools are designed for a water depth of less than 24 inches and are installed entirely above ground;

                        (4) installation of fences which are not part of an enclosure surrounding a swimming pool;

                        (5) construction of retaining walls unless such walls support a surcharge or impound Class I, II or IIIA liquids;

                        (6) construction of temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery;

                        (7) installation of window awnings supported by an exterior wall of a one- or two-family dwelling or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses);

                        (8) installation of partitions or movable cases less than 5'-9" in height;

                        (9) painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, or other similar finish work;

                        (10) installation of listed portable electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation or cooling equipment or appliances;

                        (11) replacement of any equipment provided the replacement does not alter the equipment’s listing or render it inconsistent with the equipment’s original specifications; or

                        (12) repairs, provided that such repairs do not involve

                                    (i) the removal or cutting away of a loadbearing wall, partition, or portion thereof, or of any structural beam or load bearing component;

                                    (ii) the removal or change of any required means of egress,or the rearrangement of parts of a structure in a manner which affects egress;

                                    (iii) the enlargement, alteration, replacement or relocation of any building system; or

                                    (iv) the removal from service of all or part of a fire protection system for any period of time.

 

            (c) Exemption not deemed authorization to perform non-compliant work. The exemption from the requirement to obtain a building permit for work in any category set forth in subdivision (b) of this section shall not be deemed an authorization for work to be performed in violation of the Uniform Code or the Energy Code.

 

Village Property Tax information

The Village fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31. Tax bills are mailed on June 1 and are payable to the Village Tax Collector during the month of June without penalty. A 5% penalty is added in July and an additional 1% each month thereafter until October. On November 1, all unpaid village taxes are turned over to the County Treasurer for collection. Village taxes may not be paid to the Village Tax Collector after October 31. Please contact the Montgomery County Treasurer's Office (853-8175) for more details.

 

Call the Village Office if you have not received your bill by June 7 to request a duplicate.  If your taxes are paid with your mortgage, please forward the bill to your mortgage company. 

 

If you feel your assessment is too high, you have the right to seek a reduction in the future.  For further information, please ask your assessor for the booklet, "How to File A Complaint on Your Assessment".  Please note if the period for filing complaints on assessments has passed.  For your legal residence, you may be eligible for a senior citizen tax exemption.  For information please call 518-853-4164 or write the Town of Mohawk Assessor PO Box 415, Fonda, NY  12068 or a member of the Board of Assessors Town of Mohawk (see contact information below) or the Real Property Tax Service Agency at the County Annex Building.

 

If you are disabled or age 65 or older and own and occupy a 1, 2, or 3 family residence, you may designate a consenting adult third party to receive duplicate copies of your tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes until further notice.  An application is available at the Village Office and must be filed by April 1st.  The application form may also be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped legal sized envelope to your local tax collector or the Montgomery County Real Property Tax Service Agency, PO Box 1500, Fonda, NY  12068 or online at:  http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp923_fill_in.pdf

 

Town of Mohawk Assessor

Stella Gittle
2-4 Park Street PO Box 415
Fonda, NY 12068
Email: tnmohawk@frontiernet.net
Phone: 518.853-1464
Fax: 518-853-4730

Website: townofmohawkny.com/index.htm

Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Local Law No. 2 of the year 1995 terminated The Village Of Fonda’s Status as an assessing unit for the purposes of Real Property Tax purposes and passes it on as a Town Assessor responsibility.  Any and all forms dealing with exemptions and assessments should be forwarded to the Town of Mohawk Assessor.

 

Board of Assessment Review Members

Chairman - Florence Stanton

  • Richard Blowers
  • Edward Calhoun
  • Rodd Hicks
  • Clark Subik

 

Board of Assessment Review Function

The Board of Assessment review meets to process requests for review that are filed each year in response to property tax assessments and is charged with guaranteeing property owners' rights to fair and impartial decisions regarding property assessments. The Town Board appoints board member for five-year terms on a staggered basis.

 

Contact Information:

Board of Assessment Review

2-4 Park Street, P.O. Box 415

Fonda, NY 12068

Phone: Town Clerk (518) 853-3031

 

 

Property Taxes: Things You Should Know

Tax Collector

The tax collector is responsible for the collection of property taxes for approximately 316 parcels.  All powers and duties of this office, as well as collection procedures are statutory and defined in the New York State Real Property Tax Law.

Any inquiries are welcome pertaining to collection policies as well as general tax information.  Assistance is provided to residents, realtors, lending institutions, title companies and other entities that may require tax information.

Please remember to send the entire bill page back with your payment.  The top part of the bill be stamped PAID and will be returned to you as your payment receipt. If you mail your payment in, the envelope must be postmarked by the Post Office cancellation on or before the due date to avoid any late penalty charges.  Please mark any address changes on your bill so future bills will be correctly addressed. For more information or if you do not receive a tax bill, please call  518-853-4335 x20.

 

During property tax collection, hours to pay in person are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the months of June through October. Additionally for your convenience taxes can be paid (check or money order only) via the drop box outside the front office door at 8 E. Main Street.  When property taxes are due on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday (as defined by section 24 of the General Construction Law), the last day to pay without interest becomes the next succeeding business day.

 

Duties of the Office of Tax Collector: Before entering upon the duties of this office, it is required that all tax collecting officers take the Constitutional Oath of Office. In addition, an official undertaking of bond, which guarantees the faithful performance of the office must be executed and filed in the Village Clerk’s Office. Once the collector has taken the oath and executed the bond, she or he becomes an insurer and guarantor of all monies, securities, papers and records that the law provides shall be in his or her custody.

 

The Collector of Taxes collects the General Property Taxes starting on or about June 1. The tax bill covers the period of June 1 to May 31. Payments can be made upon receipt of the bill through July 1 without penalty. Bills paid after July 1 incur a 5% penalty.  From August 1st through November 1 there is an additional 1% penalty per month (9% in all). After November 1 all payments must then be made to the Montgomery County Treasurer, P.O. Box 1500, Fonda, New York;  office located at 20 Park Street Annex Building, first floor.

 

To assist our elderly and disabled residents, third party notification tax bills are offered.  Property owners who are disabled or 65 years of age or older and own their home may designate an adult consenting third party to receive duplicate copies of tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes. In order to receive this service, one must fill out a third party notification form RP-923, available from the tax collector.

 

Many residents have their taxes escrowed with lending institutions. The County updates bank codes prior to each billing cycle. It is the lending institution’s responsibility to notify the County of any additions or deletions of accounts. Many banks contract with Tax Service Organizations (TSOs), which are agencies that service escrow accounts for the banks.  These organizations provide the tax collector with a list of their customers and their identifying account numbers. In the event that a resident received a bill that should have gone to the bank it is still the responsibility of the bank to call for that bill. If the bill should have gone to the homeowner, but went to the bank, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to know that taxes are due. Please call the tax collector immediately and they will issue you a duplicate bill. The failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by the law. [New York State Real Property Tax Law §922]. If you should have received a bill, but have not by the second week in June, please contact the tax collector for a duplicate bill.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I never received my bill or received it late. Do I still have to pay the penalty?

Yes, the failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law [New York State Real Property Tax Law §922]. In addition, neither the tax collector nor any other official has legal authority to waive statutory penalty charges. These are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law. If they are waived, the tax collecting officer will be personally responsible. As all records are audited by State examiners, there is absolutely no discretion in this matter. The Constitution and the law of the State mandates the procedure.

 

2. If I mail my payment on the due date do I have to pay a penalty?

New York State Real Property Tax Law §925, provides as follows “Payment of taxes by mail, when enclosed in a postpaid wrapper (envelope) properly addressed to the appropriate collecting officer and is deposited in a post office or official depository under the exclusive care and custody of the United States Post Office shall be upon delivery, deemed to have been made to such offices the date of the United States Postmark on such wrapper.  The provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of postmarks not made by the United States Post Office. A postage meter postmark is not a postmark made by the United States Post Office and, therefore is not within the provisions of Real Property Tax Law §925. Payment cannot be deemed timely because of a postage meter postmark date on an envelope containing a tax payment (Op New York State Comp. 69-170).  If the envelope contains no postmark, then the payment is deemed to have been made on the date the payment was received.  In these instances, it is up to the taxpayer to prove that the payment was made on time.

If taxes are not received until after the due date, they are not paid until after the due date unless they fall squarely within the provisions of Section §925 of the Real Property Tax Law, and the penalty must be added and collected.  No Village official or employee can waive the penalty (Op. New York State Comp. 68-626).

 

3. Can I pay my property taxes in installments?

No. The property tax must be paid in full in one payment.

 

4. Can I pre-pay my property taxes?

No, the warrant constitutes the mantle of authority for the collecting officer to receive the taxes.  Therefore, the warrant must be regarded as the instrument which empowers the collecting officer to begin the collection. Collection authority cannot begin prior to the date of the warrant.

Contact the Tax Collector: (518) 853-4335 Ext. 20 (messages only) Fax Number: (518) 853-4555, or email: villageoffonda@juno.com

 

Questions on your assessment information?

Village property owners who have questions on property assessment information should contact the Town of Mohawk Assessor

Stella Gittle
2-4 Park Street PO Box 415
Fonda, NY 12068

Email: tnmohawk@frontiernet.net
Phone: 518.853-1464
Fax: 518-853-4730

Website: townofmohawkny.com/index.htm

  Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Local Law No. 2 of the year 1995 terminated The Village Of Fonda’s Status as an assessing unit for the purposes of Real Property Tax purposes and passes it on as a Town Assessor responsibility.  Any and all forms dealing with exemptions and assessments should be forwarded to the Town of Mohawk Assessor.

 

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